The participants of the Revolution of Dignity, who were killed by the security officers and their mercenaries, received a name of the Heavenly Hundred. The official count of them is one hundred and seven. They were people of different nationalities, age groups, gender, education background, from various regions of Ukraine and from abroad, successful entrepreneurs and poor pensioners, scientists, artists, students, and activists. The youngest one, Nazarii Voitovych, was sixteen. The oldest one, Ivan Nakonechnyi, was eighty-three.
We realize that the number of one hundred and seven is not final; it can be updated by the results of the investigation, which is still ongoing. During the meeting with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, on November 21st, 2014, the first anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity, the relatives of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes demanded the appropriate commemoration of those who perished including awarding them with the posthumous title of “The Hero of Ukraine”. Since the investigation back than didn’t have enough information about every one of them, the list was compiled by the NGO Euromaidan SOS, and later shared with the Ministry of Social Policy.
The official Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes to be marked yearly on February 20th, was established by the Decree of the President of Ukraine on February 11th, 2014. In the same year, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine established the Order of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes to be awarded for civil courage, patriotism, upholding the principles of democracy, human rights and freedoms, as well as for the charitable work and public activity.
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